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Smart kids start here.

The Grand Rapids Public Library offers fun and educational storytimes for children ages birth – 5 years old.

Storytime on the Lawn

Storytime on the Lawn will be held on a weekly basis in the lawn space at four GRPL locations. Feel free to bring your own blanket for seating. To keep our outdoor storytimes fun and engaging they are limited to the first 20 participants. Weather permitting. For ages 18 months – 5 years old.

Wednesdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
10:30 am
Seymour Branch – 2350 Eastern SE

Thursdays, September 2, 9, 16, 30
10:30 am
Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE

Storytime in the Park with StorytimeGR

Join us this summer for stories, free books and ice cream, special guests, and a whole lot of fun! For all ages of kids and teens. StorytimeGR is a partnership of the Grand Rapids Public Library, Read GRGrand Valley State University, and Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation.

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Fall Fun on the Lawn

Bundle up and join the fun! Come sing, dance, and play outside on the lawn.
For ages 0-5. Weather permitting.

Mondays, October 4, 11, 18, 25
10:30 am
Main Library –  111 Library Street NE

Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10
10:30 am
Seymour Branch
– 2350 Eastern SE

Thursdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11
10:30 am
Yankee Clipper Branch
– 2025 Leonard NE

Baby & Me Storytimes

Bring your baby, 0-18 months, and bounce along to fun stories, songs, and rhymes. Baby & Me is a 15-minute storytime followed by a relaxed playtime where you and baby will meet new friends.

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Toddler Time

Bring your toddlers, ages 18 months to 3 years, to share fun stories, songs, and rhymes and learn together! Toddler Time is a 25-minute long storytime followed by a hands-on activity and playtime designed to help your child’s brain grow.

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Family Time

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children ages 18 months to 5 years to this storytime featuring great books, songs, fingerplays, and hands-on fun. Classes end with a creative art activity. Attendance is limited to 20 attendees to ensure safe social distancing. Masks required for all attendees ages 2 and above. 

Mondays, November 1, 15 December 6, 20
10: 30 am
Main Library – 111 Library Street NE

Pajama Time

Get cozy in your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animals or blanket, and come to the library for a special bedtime event! Listen to stories, sing songs, and get those wiggles out before bed. Great for working parents!

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Bilingual Pajama Time

Join us for an evening bilingual storytime filled with fun stories, movement, and music activities. The 30-minute English and Spanish storytime followed by a hands-on activity and playtime. Wear your pajamas and get those wiggles out before bed! For families with children 5 and under. 


Hora de Pijamas en Español

¡Ven a la biblioteca para disfrutar una hora de cuentos bilingüe para toda la familia! Compartiremos cuentos, rimas, musica, y movimiento. La Hora de Pijamas en Español incluye 30-minutos de lectura y movimiento seguido por una actividad para los niños y tiempo para jugar juntos. ¡Ven a la biblioteca vestido en tus piyamas para un evento especial antes de dormir!

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Children ages 3-5 can discover the world around them through science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Join us for a 20-minute storytime followed by 25-minutes of hands-on activities.

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Vamos a Leer!

This storytime, in collaboration with Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL), Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities (GAAH), Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), LINC UP, and MSU Extension celebrates the power of being bilingual and hispanic heritage. The stories we share will be read in both Spanish and English. 

Vamos a Leer! en Español

Esta hora de cuentacuentos, en colaboración con la Biblioteca Pública de Grand Rapids (GRPL), Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities (GAAH) [Artes y Humanidades de la Avenida Grandville], Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), LINC UP, and MSU Extension [Extensión de la Universidad del Estado de Michigan], celebra el poder de ser bilingüe y la Herencia Hispana. Se leerán los cuentos que compartiremos en español e inglés.

Spanish Storytimes with the Cook Library Center

These Spanish storytimes feature books read by members of the community. Let your imagination soar and have some fun en español.

Hora de cuentos en español con el Centro de la Biblioteca Cook

Estas horas de cuentos ofrecerán libros e historias de cordones leídos por miembros de la comunidad. Deja volar tu imaginación y diviértete en español.


Call the library’s Phone-A-Story line each week to hear a new story read aloud by a GRPL Youth Librarian. Listen  to pre-recorded stories, songs, and rhymes in English or Spanish. This service is accessible 24/7. Dial 616-988-5494 and follow the directions when prompted.

Phone-a-Story en Español

Llame a la línea de “Un Cuento Por Teléfono” de la biblioteca cada semana para escuchar una nueva historia leída en voz alta por un bibliotecario juvenil de GRPL. Escuche historias, canciones y rimas pregrabadas en inglés o español. Este servicio es accesible 24/7. Marque 616-988-5494 y siga las instrucciones cuando se le solicite.

Events Calendar

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Upcoming Events

Wed 29

Storytime on the Lawn | Seymour Branch

September 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Oct 04

Fall Fun on the Lawn | Main Library

October 4 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Oct 06

Fall Fun on the Lawn | Seymour Branch

October 6 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am